By Benprince Ezeh
THE Association of South East Town Unions, ASETU, has condemned the killing of unarmed civilians on Sunday, August 22, in Enugu.
The unions also urged security forces to observe rules of engagement, calling on the federal government to quickly set up a judicial panel of inquiry to unearth the immediate and remote causes of the incident.
They made this known in a press statement issued by Emeka Diwe, national president of ASETU, on August 24, in the wake of the killings of unarmed civilians alleged to be members of pro-Biafra groups by the security agencies in Enugu.
He said, “Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the victims of this totally reprehensible incident.
“Whatever their offences might have been, we insist that a republic, to which Nigeria lays claims, must be run on the basis of law and constitutionalism, and the law enforcement agencies must at all times respect the rights of the citizens and observe rules of engagement.”
“It is further perplexing that despite the deafening hues and cries from our people over the killings, rape, destruction, and havoc levied on us by Fulani herdsmen, there has never been any clash between the herdsmen and security agencies, neither have the agencies demonstrated any seriousness in tackling the problem. No progressive nation thrives on double standards and injustice. We reject completely the killing of Igbo people, no matter the pretext or guise under which it occurs,” he said.
According to Diwe, Nigeria is currently engulfed in countless security challenges. “These same security agencies, who have now found the temerity, strength, and latitude to murder unarmed citizens in Enugu have displayed helplessness in containing more vociferous security challenges like the banditry, kidnapping, and insurgency in parts of the country. Instead, what we see are insurgents, terrorists and bandits being pampered and invited for banquets in Government Houses, and even flown abroad for luxurious lives after which they are reintegrated into society.
“We, therefore, call on the southeast Governors to propel the longstanding demand of its people for a regional security architecture that can protect the lives and property of the people and promptly set up a judicial panel of inquiry to ascertain the causes of the massacre in Enugu, and urge both the pro-Biafra agitators and security agencies to apply restraint, civility, professionalism, and respect for human lives in all their activities.”
– Aug. 27, 2020 @ 12:45 GMT |